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Occupational Employment Statistics


29-1122 Occupational Therapists

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 36041$40.96/hr$30.59/hr$38.97/hr$40.04/hr$48.22/hr$51.33/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services20$38.53/hr
Education and Health Services3,010$39.64/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 40$38.41/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 60$38.41/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 60$37.15/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 90$38.39/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 100$38.66/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 100$38.17/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 110$40.04/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 140$38.13/hr10.1%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 140$38.41/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 160$38.41/hr4.2%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 170$38.53/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 190$38.45/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 220$38.41/hr10.8%
Central Minnesota 280$40.04/hr10.2%
Rochester MN MSA 280$40.29/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 360$40.04/hr7.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,850$40.13/hr12.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,020$40.13/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,080$39.65/hr11.3%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 1,890$65,673.96/yr8.2%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 660$28.95/hr24.4%
Social and Human Service Assistants 10,230$20.24/hr10.5%
Special Education Teachers, All Other 360$65,673.96/yr7.0%

  • Complete and maintain necessary records.
  • Write reports or complete forms to document assessments, training, progress, or follow-up outcomes.
  • Recommend changes in patients' work or living environments, consistent with their needs and capabilities.
  • Teach cane skills, including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.
  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients.
  • Train clients to use tactile, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and proprioceptive information.
  • Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs or coordinate occupational therapy with other therapeutic activities.
  • Teach clients to travel independently, using a variety of actual or simulated travel situations or exercises.
  • Select activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental or physical capabilities.
  • Monitor clients' progress to determine whether changes in rehabilitation plans are needed.